Tottenham Hotspur are without both Harry Kane and Heung-min Son for their FA Cup fifth-round match against Norwich City tonight.
Kane has been out since the start of January with a hamstring injury while Son fractured his arm last month against Aston Villa. Both required surgery to fix the problems.
Since then, Spurs have been without any recognisable striker at the top end of the pitch, with Kane and Son being the top goalscorers over the past few seasons for the club.
Both Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn have covered as makeshift strikers over the weeks, but they are both more natural wingers by trade.
Young Troy Parrott appeared at the weekend for a few minutes and represents the only other natural strike option in and around the first team.
However, Jose Mourinho believes that Dele Alli is the closest thing he has to the profile of a number nine striker.
He said (Football London): “Our solutions are the solutions that you know. We do different things according to matches and feelings. Is Dele, from all of them, the one that has more the profile of a number nine? Yes, he is probably the closest one to it.
“So sometimes Dele, sometimes Lucas and a little bit of [Troy] Parrott, step-by-step too. So there you go.”
Have something to tell us about this article?